Stretch marks form on the skin whenever our skin experiences intense pulling such as during weight gain, body growth, stress, and genetics. By far, pregnancy is the most common cause of stretch marks because of the severe stress on the skin, particularly in the abdominal and thigh region.
Thankfully, there are several ways to prevent the appearance of stretch marks and even to reduce them once they form. Prevention is the best cure, so the best time to control stretch marks is when they are in the works. Exercise is the best way to ensure that stretch marks do not form. Yoga is ideal for preventing stretch marks but you should do it only after consulting with a doctor, as some exercises may not be suitable during pregnancy.
Anti-stretch mark bands are becoming a popular way to prevent stretch marks from forming in the right place. An anti-stretch mark band is a fabric band that you can wrap around the abdomen. It is fitted with special pads that hold the skin firmly in place, which helps to keep stretching to the minimum without affecting growth. Anti-stretch bands also come with gels that keep the underlying skin hydrated and prevent rashes from forming.
Sometimes, stretch marks inevitably form even after taking all necessary preventive measures. Not to worry, there are still ways you can diminish stretch marks. Topical treatments involve massaging the skin with products with strong hydrating and moisturizing properties. Some products even contain compounds that stimulate collagen production, which speeds up the skin repair process.
You can find many useful products right in your kitchen or bathroom cabinet. Castor oil, for example, is an excellent product to remove stretch marks. Rub some castor oil on the skin, cover the area with a plastic sheet, and place a hot water bottle over it. The heat will stimulate the castor oil to heal the skin. Aloe Vera is another excellent product, which you can rub on the skin and rinse it off after 10-15 minutes. You can also use products that reduce stretch marks by helping to firm up loose skin. Applying a mask of egg whites or white sugar on the area tightens up the skin.
Everybody deserves a beautiful body. By investing a little time and effort and being resourceful around the house, you can get rid of stretch marks easily.